The Bowling Green Hornets tipped off their second season in the Central Basketball Association on Saturday at Russellville High School with a heart-breaking loss to the Middle Tennessee Storm, 121-120.
The Hornets (0-1) placed seven scorers in double figures and led by four with only a minute left in the contest, but couldn’t hang on for the victory. Coach Nathan Thompson says that he was pleased with his team’s offensive execution and effort, but noted the squad’s defense must improve.
“We like our versatility—we wanted to use all of our guards to our advantage—and when we made our run that’s what we did,” Thompson said following the loss. “We’re going to score some points but I don’t want us giving up 120.”
Last year’s team MVP for the Hornets, Justin Taylor, contributed 17 points in the loss and distributed the ball nicely from the wing, but says Middle Tennessee’s size and interior presence was the difference in this one.
“Their big guys were kind of able to shrink the court and make the game play to their favor,” Taylor said. “But I feel like we did pretty good for us just coming together—this team has a very bright future.”
Joining Taylor in double figures for the game were John Paul Nyadaro and DeAntra Scott with 19, Keon Grant with 16, Sqeaky Hampton and Kalen Kimberland with 13 each, and Wes Hanspard with 12.
Bowling Green will be on the road for their next two matchups, but will return to the friendly confines Russellville High Saturday, March 15, for a contest with the River City Panthers. Fans of all ages are encouraged to come out for a great show and plenty of fun for the whole family to enjoy.